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Qin Gao

Qin Gao, Faculty Profile

Phone: 212-636-6638
Office: Lincoln Center


PhD, Columbia University (with Distinction)

MA, Peking (Beijing) University

BA, China Youth University for Political Sciences

Research Interests

International Social and Economic Development

International Program and Impact Evaluation

Poverty, Inequality, Social Policies, and Economic and Subjective Well-being

The Chinese Social Welfare System in Transition

Comparative Research across Asian Countries and Asian Ethnic Groups

Rural-to-Urban Migration and Asian American Immigrants

Professional Positions

2014 - Present, Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

2014 - Present, Academic Board Member, China Institute for Income Distribution, Beijing Normal University

2012 - Present, Research Associate, Columbia University Population Research Center

2014-2016, Public Intellectual Fellow, National Committee on United States-China Relations

Selected Publications


Gao, Q. (2016). Welfare, Work and Poverty: China's Social Assistance 20 Years After. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Gao, Q. and Rickne, J. (2015). Inequality in social insurance participation and generosity: Do firm characteristics matter? Social Policy & Administration. In press.

Gao, Q. and Zhai, F. (2015). Public assistance, economic prospect, and happiness in urban China. Social Indicators Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-015-1174-4.

Gao, Q., Yang, S. and Li, S. (2015). Welfare, targeting, and anti-poverty effectiveness: The case of urban China. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 56, 30-42.

Gao, Q., Ying, Q. and Luo, D. (2015). Hidden income and occupational background: Evidence from Guangzhou. Journal of Contemporary China, 24(94), 721-741.

Gao, Q., Wu, S. and Zhai, F. (2015). Welfare participation and time use in China. Social Indicators Research, 124, 863-887.

Yang, S., Gao, Q. & Li, S. (2015). Targeting and anti-poverty performance of the Minimum Livelihood Guarantee program in urban China. Studies in Labor Economics, 3(3). (in Chinese)

Gao, Q., Zhai, F. Yang, S. and Li, S. (2014). Does welfare enable family expenditures on human capital? Evidence from China. World Development, 64: 219-231.

Gao, Q. and Rickne, J. (2014). Firm ownership and social insurance inequality in transitional China: Evidence from a large panel of firm data. European Journal of Social Security, 16(1): 2-25. Winner of Best Paper Prize, awarded to the best paper presented at the 20th Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS) conference.

Research Grants

2014-2016, Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund Faculty Grant, “Cultural Values, Childrearing Practices, and Child Maltreatment among Asian Immigrant Families in Hawaii.” Co-Principal Investigator. Principal Investigator: Jing Guo at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Co-Principal Investigator: Fuhua Zhai at Fordham University.

2013-2014, Fordham University Faculty Fellowship, “Child Maltreatment among Asian Americans: Risk and Protective Factors.” Principal Investigator.

Featured in Media

“Qin Gao on China: As Sleeping Giant Awakes, Social Problems Loom.” Inside Fordham, March 31, 2008.

“Fordham and China Forge Lasting Partnerships.” Inside Fordham, January 14, 2013